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Waltham man admits to not paying employer taxes through his Newton landscaping company, AG says

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  March 13, 2013 11:15 AM

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A Waltham man has admitted to failing to pay more than $100,000 in employer taxes through his Newtonville landscaping company, according to a statement from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office released Tuesday.

John Capello, 42, was arraigned in April 2012 on charges that he failed to pay $105,000 in employer taxes through his company, Ieraci Landscaping Inc., over a five-year period - from 2006 through December 2011, the Attorney General’s office said.

Capello pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in April, and was released on personal recognizance. However, Capello recently admitted to facts on January 11 linking him to the case, according to the Attorney General’s office.

Capello was sentenced to six months probation under the condition that full restitution would be paid. However, Capello has already paid his full restitution to the state, which also satisfy the probation terms, the Attorney General’s office said.

The case was referred to the Attorney General by the state’s unemployment assistance department in an effort to crack down on companies failing to pay their employer taxes, which funds the state program that provides temporary assistance to unemployed workers.

To report unemployment fraud to the state, call the agency’s toll-free 24-hour hotline at 1-800-354-9927. Callers can remain anonymous.

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